Focus opens ‘Door,’ has ‘Spotless’ deals

Co. will release both films domestically

The international sales arm of Focus Features has closed distribution deals in a number of key territories on Jim Carrey starrer “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “The Door in the Floor,” with Kim Basinger and Jeff Bridges.

Focus Features will release both films domestically.

“Sunshine” has sold to Constantin Film in Germany, Momentum Pictures in the U.K., Tri-Pictures in Spain, Roadshow in Australia/New Zealand and Gaga Communications in Japan.

Other territories closed include Scandinavia, Hong Kong, Greece, Israel, Portugal, Turkey, Iceland, South Africa, C.I.S., Czech Republic, former Yugoslavia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea and Thailand. Sun Distribution picked up rights for all of Latin America.

Written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, the film about the cancellation of memory and the rediscovery of passion also stars Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood and Mark Ruffalo.

Writer-director Tod Williams’ “The Door in the Floor” recently started shooting in New York. It’s adapted from the John Irving novel “A Widow for One Year,” about a pivotal summer in the life of an author and his wife.

The drama has sold to DeA Planeta in Spain, Nordisk in Scandinavia, MS Trading Paradiso in Benelux, Gussi in Latin America and a stream of other territories including Greece, Iceland, Hong Kong, Israel, Portugal, Turkey, South Africa, Bulgaria, Romania, C.I.S., Czech Republic, former Yugoslavia, Poland, the Middle East, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.

The company’s international division also will be handling presales in Cannes on Pedro Almodovar’s “Bad Education,” with Gael Garcia Bernal (recently acquired in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics); Mira Nair’s “Vanity Fair” starring Reese Witherspoon; and Pascal Laugier’s “Saint Ange,” with Virginie Ledoyen.

Focus Features also has U.S. rights on Cannes competition entry “Swimming Pool” by Francois Ozon, with Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier and Charles Dance.

Other upcoming releases include Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson; Christine Jeffs’ “Sylvia,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow as suicidal poetess Sylvia Plath; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “21 Grams” with Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn and Naomi Watts; Gregor Jordan’s “Ned Kelly” starring Heath Ledger, Watts, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush; and Thomas Vinterberg’s “It’s All About Love,” with Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and Penn.

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